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Cloudy in 12 gallon long - EI method

I have been dosing fertz with seachem and maintaining the correct recommended levels but it just got out of control expensive. I recently switched to the EI method with a liquid solution made up of dry fertz and plantex CSM+B. As soon as I added the plantex, my tank went super cloudy. The mixes are made with RO water. They were mixed according to the calculator for 15ml dosing from a 1.5L solution. I am only dosing 10ml of it since the plants are only on the bottom.

Algae bloom? UV Inline
Bacterial bloom? UV inline
Chelated Iron? I read that using distilled water with CSM+B may help with keeping the iron chelated. I used RO.

Questions are:

1. Why if I did a 70% water change and not add any more CSM+B did the cloudy water not go away?

2. Can I/Should I change 100% of the water?

3. If I use flourish instead of CSM+B, will the plants get enough micros and the cloudiness go away?

4. I was at OSH and they sell a liquid chelated iron 2% with zinc. Is that safe to use in the tank?

5. Could it be the Macro solution?

6. How do I get rid of the cloudy water?

Thanks for your help

12 gallon long
finnex ray 2 - taped every other row of LEDs to knock down the PAR and 6 hour photo period
fluval 206
hydor inline heater
neptune apex jr
pressurized CO2
inline atomizer
UV 10W inline

pH 6.4-6.8 (night-day)
Kh 4
Gh 5
Phosphates 1
Nitrates 5-7ppm
Iron 0 - but i stopped dosing the CSM+B for 4 days

2 SAE (one 4" and one 2")
16 rummy nose (overstocked - I know)
3 Amano

HC across the entire tank growing very slowly but green
Green Algae on glass and stone (not BBA)

Last edited by; 11-01-2014 at 06:28 AM. Reason: Questions moved up before the tank info is offline  

cloudy, csm+b, estimated index, iron

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